NBA Star Once Recalled Horrible Bullying From Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen: “Jordan Was Sitting on His Ferrari and Pippen Was Right There and They Have a Cigar Lit”

Published 12/23/2021, 8:30 AM EST
NBA legend Michael Jordan seating next to Larry Miller (left), the president of Nike division Jordan, attends the Jordan Classic, a contest between the 30 best French players under age 16, during a European tour to promote his clothing and shoe brand, at Stade Pierre de Coubertin arena in Paris, France. (Photo by Christophe Dupont Elise/Icon SMI/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)


The heroics of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen define the Chicago Bulls’ legacy. The way this duo led their roster to six NBA championships is one of the most iconic runs in the history of the NBA. While most fans and teammates recall their exceptional leadership, there is one player who had to endure their subtle jibes as well.

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It’s been about three decades since the photo of Michael Jordan stepping out of a Ferrari 512 TR went viral. The best part about the car was that it had “M – AIR – J” written on its number plate. If anybody knew how to flaunt what they had, it was Jordan. Little did people know, he used this very Ferrari to intimidate other players. At least that’s what he pulled off with Chris Webber.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

On the Dan Patrick Show, Chris Webber recalled the time they played a five-game series against Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in Washington. It was the year they won 72 games. Jordan entered their locker room with his cigar lit up and asked who was going to check him that night.

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Everybody knew it was going to Calbert Cheaney. Everyone also knew the way Jordan was going to play on that particular night.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made a statement with just their gestures

When the team got off the bus for game three, Jordan and Pippen were waiting for them, Webber narrated, “I’ll never forget, Jordan was sitting on his Ferrari and Pippen was right there and they have a cigar lit. We get off the bus and we have to pass them with a lit cigar.”

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“You got Michael Jordan there behind the scenes smoking a cigar before the game, letting us know that he’s the Red Auerbach before the game even started. It was almost like, ‘I lit the cigar. I’m celebrating already. This is just a formality, you guys getting on the court tonight,” he concluded.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – JUNE 11: Michael Jordan #23 and Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate after winning game five of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz on June 11, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE/Getty Images)

Talk about dominance. Unfortunately, Jordan and Pippen’s relationship is now strained because of the comments Scottie made about him in his recent memoir.

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However, these are the memories that still tell us of the partnership that this duo shared.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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